NFL Draft Review: Carolina Panthers

Welcome to my 2014 NFL Draft breakdown.

I love the Draft, it comes around my birthday, ESPN puts baseball back where it belongs, in segment 3, and it means the NFL year has started.

So lets go down the NFL Rosters and see how it went for each team.

Round 1, 28th OverallKelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

What I said: He’s 6-5, and has 4.6 speed. He also jumped up and played well in big games. The only question marks are his weight and his maturity. Since this is a few days after the draft, I have read some of the Carolina reports, so far he is doing and saying all the right things. I do love the pick.

What I think now. I’m a little worried about how clean a route he can run, as inaccurate QB plus inaccurate WR is never a good mix, especially when you add in he can have a case of the dropsies. I don’t know if he’s going to be a true number one, but I can’t argue with taking a chance. Worse case scenario: he becomes a tight end, and he can block very well for either position.

Round 2, Pick 60

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Should have been picked earlier, as at one time he was a projected first rounder. He’s 6-5, 275, and is a bull-rush type of guy. He’s got a lot of power, but I don’t think I’ve seen him ever do a spin move to get inside. You don’t ever want to see him in coverage, He’s got good speed, but not coverage type of speed. He can pin his ears back and go from point-a to point-b, point-b being the guy with the ball. I think in the Carolina system he’s in the perfect spot, and will make up on his next contract the money he lost falling to round 2. Just a great pick for this far down. Someone is going to regret this. (Namely Brees and Ryan)

Round 3, Pick 92Trai TUrner

Trai Turner, G, LSU 

He ROCKETED up the boards, I’ve seen him mocked as high as the second round. He’s really good at one-on-one blocking, but a really, really strong guy can topple him over. He doesn’t normally get beat to the side, even though he’s not the quickest guy, side to side. He has decent technique, but has really good upside.

I’m not sure if his rookie year is going to be good, but should be a solid starter from day 366.

Round 4, Pick 128

Tre Boston S North Carolina

In Carolina’s secondary, they need all the talent they can get. He may end up starting with the nickel package, possibly even special teams. I’m not really in love with the pick, but he has the speed to play free safety, and is a good tackler. I saw him a lot at UNC and he got where he is more from being active and hard work than pure talent, so he could stick around for years and have a good career. Carolina’s done well with these guys in the past.

Round 5, Pick 148

Bené Benwikere CB San Jose State 

Under 6 feet tall, but he can create turnovers, he’s not the best tackler and can get lost in coverage, they claim him as coachable, but if thats the case, why is he making the same mistakes now he was making last year? Could be a good special teams player while the staff sees if he can play on the next level. Could be an interesting camp battle.

Round 6, Pick 204

Tyler Gaffney RB Stanford

No offense, but why in the BLUE HELL did Carolina pick him? They don’t need another RB, he’s not playing special teams…what is he here for?? He’s a straight line runner, and hard to bring down, but is not a good receiver in the flat. I don’t get the pick, I just don’t.

Trades:

 Minnesota traded 154 to Carolina for picks 5 (168) and 7 (225)

Overall, I love the first 3 picks, don’t like the last 3. I mean I REALLY am not enthused with them. I hope I’m wrong.
The Panthers have a starter, a rotational DE, Next years LG, and special team parts.

Free Agent SigneesCarolina Panthers

Denicos Allen, LB, Michigan State

Corey Brown, WR, Ohio State

Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas

David Foucalt, OL, Montreal

Marcus Lucas, WR, Missouri

Andrew Norwell, OL, Ohio State

Darrin Reaves, RB, UAB

Shaq Rowell, DL, West Virginia

Jared Wheeler, OL, Miami

I see Brown and Wheeler sticking.

 

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